Makeover inside and out­side: Train travel from Niza­mud­din to change

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY -

New Delhi: Train travel from Hazrat Niza­mud­din rail­way sta­tion will soon be a new ex­pe­ri­ence al­to­gether. Much like New Delhi and Old Delhi sta­tions, a ma­jor re­vamp is un­der way at Hazrat Niza­mud­din too, with a view to en­hance pas­sen­ger ex­pe­ri­ence through im­proved fa­cil­i­ties and eas­ier ac­cess.

To this ef­fect, work is in progress on widen­ing the en­try to the sta­tion, ren­o­va­tion of rooms and toi­lets be­sides pro­vid­ing des­ig­nated lanes for taxis and au­tos. Rail­way of­fi­cials said the changes were be­ing made by fol­low­ing a long-term ac­tion plan, just like it was done at the other two ma­jor sta­tions in Delhi. Pas­sen­gers could ex­pect a “ma­jor dif­fer­ence” by Juneend. “This is a part of our plan to im­prove pas­sen­ger ex­pe­ri­ence. Inside, the sta­tion will be beau­ti­fied and out­side con­ges­tion will be re­duced,” a rail­way of­fi­cial said.

The short- and long-term changes will also see the sta­tion switch to mech­a­nised sweep­ing over the next 12 months apart from set­ting up of deluxe “pay and use” toi­lets and a spe­cial VIP lounge at Plat­form No. 1 by IRCTC. The rail­ways had ear­lier car­ried out a study on all ma­jor sta­tions in the cap­i­tal to find de­fi­cien­cies, fol­low­ing which an ac­tion plan was drafted by a spe­cial com­mit­tee.

Se­nior of­fi­cials said Hazrat Niza­mud­din was iden­ti­fied as a ma­jor point for several west- and south­bound mail and ex­press trains, in­clud­ing Ra­jd­hani and Ga­ti­maan Ex­press, which orig­i­nate and ter­mi­nate there. “Mod­erni­sa­tion of the Hazrat Niza­mud­din rail­way sta­tion is be­ing done to pro­vide bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties for pas­sen­gers as it is a key sta­tion for us. Most changes will be com­pleted in the next 12 months, which will see a lot of beau­ti­fi­ca­tion car­ried out as well,” R N Singh, DRM, Delhi Di­vi­sion, said.

TOI had ear­lier re­ported how the New Delhi rail­way sta­tion had been given an en­tirely fresh look with wall paint­ings, street art and a new colour scheme. The Niza­mud­din sta­tion, too, would sport an orange and blue colour scheme, of­fi­cials said.

Ear­mark­ing lanes for buses, cars, taxis and au­tos with traf­fic mar­shalls in place

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